TITLE: All Through the Night PUB. DATE: 1998
GENRE: Suspense/Mystery PAGES: 170
PACING: fast paced, short chapters, deliberate, many dialogues
CHARACTERIZATIONS: multiple point of view, series (characters), strong secondary
STORY LINE: plot driven
FRAME: suspenseful and mysterious tone, minimal background
In order to help a local shelter, Alvirah, an amateur sleuth, with her husband Willy investigates the authenticity of a will, which would help in saving the shelter for the neighborhood children. Besides that she discovers that the will is counterfeit, she also solves the mystery of the stolen chalice, and helps in reuniting a mother with a daughter who was stolen as a baby eight years earlier from the church’s steps.
Geographical setting: Upper West Side, New York City, Northeast U. S.
Time period: 7 years (1990s)
Series: Alvirah and Willy Meehan mysteries
Subject headings: New York (N. Y.) – Fiction, Christmas – Fiction, Christmas stories, Shelters for the Homeless – Fiction, Violinists – Fiction, Abandoned infants – New York City, Christian relic thefts – New York City
SIMILAR AUTHORS: Carol Higgins Clark, Joy Fielding, Sue Grafton, Victoria Lanier,Iris Johansen
Bestseller Clark has written another Christmas seasonal mystery, and like Silent Night (1995), it’s a lighthearted suspense tale that her readers are sure to enjoy. Booklist
If the resulting tale doesn’t provide the menace or suspense of Clark’s full-length novels it does succeed, as the Epilogue tell us, in providing a “human-interest story” that’s “especially appropriate for the Christmas season.” Pass the fruitcake. Kirkus Reviews